As for the “Grand Gifts” are largely replaced by money, especially in “sixes”, ”eights” and 'nines' as they symbolize” well”, “wealth” and 'forever'.
It could be 6999rmb ,9999rmb, 98888rmb or even 1000001 symbolizing that the bride is chosen one out of a million.
Only after both outcomes were favorable, would the two families arrange to meet.
By then the future bride and groom could finally meet their "other half” face-to-face.
According to it, everything belongs to either yin or yang and each item in the universe including everyday can be categorized into five types which are metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
In this wedding case, the auspicious date will be based on one’s birth date (year, day and hour),zodiacs and the year’s figure, all those elements or even more needed to be taken into consideration in charting out a auspicious date for the newlyweds.
But in the end, marridge is about love not about money, so mainly, how much the betrothal and dowry will depend on the wealthy state of both families.
It doesn't have to be a huge number as long as there is love in between.
Most of the money will be used in the wedding ceremony or the honely moon holiday.
Of course the negotiation is not always a smooth sailing.